Parks, Recreation Areas, Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuges, and Historic Sites
This final rule modifies the procedures for granting Section 4(f) approvals in several ways. First, the final rule clarifies the factors to be considered and the standards to be applied when determining if an alternative for avoiding the use of Section 4(f) property is feasible and prudent. Second, the final rule clarifies the factors to be considered when selecting a project alternative in situations where all alternatives would use some Section 4(f) property. Third, the final rule establishes procedures for determining that the use of a Section 4(f) property has a de minimis impact on the property. Fourth, the final rule updates the regulation to recognize statutory and common-sense exceptions for uses that advance Section 4(f)'s preservation purpose, as well as the option of applying a programmatic Section 4(f) evaluation. Fifth, the final rule moves the Section 4(f) regulation out of the agencies' National Environmental Policy Act regulation, ``Environmental Impact and Related Procedures,'' into its own part with a reorganized structure that is easier to use.